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District 9 November Newsletter

• Newsletter/Mid-Month Announcements •

September 2011

Dear Neighbor,

I want to thank everyone who attended and helped with the Annual Celebrate Cambrian Festival in August. The Camden Community Center and City Staff were extremely supportive throughout the event. For that, my office and I are very grateful. As you know, this was my first year and I must say that it was an amazing experience; I hope you enjoyed yourselves just as much as I did.

Now that summer is over, our kids are returning to school, and the hustle and bustle of preparing our kids for school everyday begins once again. Although life can become very hectic, I encourage parents to prepare healthy foods for their children and allow for daily exercise in order for them to have a successful school year!

Moreover, as you may know, our City is enduring economic hardships, which have caused many staffing and service delivery changes, especially when it comes to public safety. Many residents have contacted my office regarding ways to protect their homes and neighborhoods from being burglarized. In response, the San Jose Police Department has held several Neighborhood Watch Meetings. The Neighborhood Watch Program is extremely useful and effective for neighborhoods looking to discourage and prevent crimes such as burglary, car break-ins, auto theft, and personal crimes that often occur near our homes.

Lastly, my office apologizes for the inconsistency that has occurred with distributing the August and September Newsletters and Mid-Month Announcements. After overcoming a series of issues with formatting and distribution, for October we will be returning to our normal distribution practices of a newsletter at the beginning of the month and one mid-month announcement. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

As always, if you have any suggestions, questions, or concerns, feel free to contact my office at 408-535-4909 or You can also visit the website at Enjoy the rest of our new newsletter.

With gratitude,

Don Rocha

6th Annual Celebrate Cambrian Festival

Thank you to all the residents from Council District 9 and beyond that came and enjoyedCouncilmember and Distinguished Guests the 6th Annual Celebrate Cambrian Festival at Camden Community Center last month.

Attendees had the opportunity to try food specialties from Adelita's Taqueria, Blue Rock BBQ, Chef Li, Sandwich Mill Deli, and Favorites.

We also had representatives from nonprofit organizations and City Departments in attendance to inform residents about the City's resources and more.

The Camden Community Center Staff were a tremendous asset to the festival asResource Fair Booths they provided many fun children's activities such as face painting, arts and crafts, bounce houses, and a very fun water slide.

Our thanks to all of our wonderful sponsors, volunteers, and other City staff who made this Festival a great experience for everyone!

If you were not able to attend this year, we hope to see you in 2012.

Light Up the Night!

Donna-Bradford ResidentsOn August 29, Councilmember Rocha, Former Vice-Mayor Judy Chirco, City of San Jose Housing Department Staff, the Donna-Bradford Tenant & Owner Associations, and residents came together to celebrate the completion of the Donna-Bradford project and enjoy delicious appetizers and cupcakes from HannaH.

The Donna-Bradford Neighborhood was a part of the Hillsdale/Camden Building Strong Neighborhoods Pilot Project area. The four-plexes along Bradford Way and Donna Lane began with a single owner, but during the late 1970's and throughout the 1980's, the properties were divided andCouncilmember, Former Vice-Mayor, and Resident sold individually. Due to a decrease in resources, the residents of the area became active to addresss neighborhood issues such as crime, drugs, and gangs in order to keep their neighborhood healthy and beautiful.

With all of the work in which residents and City staff have engaged, the neighborhood is now newly paved and equipped with new light fixtures, which makes the area much safer for residents. Residents should take pride in all their hard work to create a healthier and safer neighborhood.

Business Networking Roundtable 
On Thursday, August 18th, Xilinx, Cambrian Business Association, and Councilmember Rocha hosted a Business Networking Roundtable in order to provide businesses an opportunity to mingle and hear about the various programs in which they can participate.
Business Networking Roundtable
Xilinx hosted the function at their impressive facility and provided a brief presentation and discussion on how businesses can be leaders in the community, using the work that Xilinx does as an example. The Cambrian Business Association presented on the benefits of business organizations and programs they offer to businesses. Lastly, the City of San Jose presented on programs and opportunities that they offer for businesses.
These presentations led to interesting discussions about business in the area and possible connections that could be developed more thoroughly with schools and other entities.
The Councilmember is very grateful for everyone's participation, especially Xilinx for letting our Office use their facilities.

2nd Annual Day on the Bay: A Multicultural Festival 
Supervisor Cortese would like to invite you to the Second Annual Day on the Bay: A Multicultural Festival on Saturday, September 17th, from 11 AM to 4 PM. Held at the Alviso Marina County Park in partnership with the Santa Clara County Parks Department, Day on the Bay is a celebration that brings people together to enjoy activities, rich diversity and talent, and an abundance of ethnic expression.
The festival will include FREE hamburgers, FREE flu shots, and FREE pumpkins for kids (while supplies last), as well as arts and crafts and live multicultural entertainment. There will also be an informational fair for attendees to learn about local nonprofits, businesses, and local government in addition to information on health, wellness, and green living.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Alivso Marina County Park
For more information about the festival, about registering for a booth, or providing entertainment, please visit http://bit/ly/dayonthebay or call (408) 299-5030.

National Pollution Prevention Week, Sept. 9-15, 2011
Since 1993, National Pollution Prevention Week has been celebrated annually to increase awareness about simple actions individuals can take to prevent pollution of the environment.
The City of San Jose is hosting a series of National Pollution Prevention Week Resource Fairs and invites everyone to be a part of the green solution by learning about simple actions you can take to help protect our local waterways and environment from pollution.
Resource Fairs:

Saturday, September 17, 2011
Barbara Lee Senior Center
40 North Milpitas Boulevard, Milpitas
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Cupertino Senior Center
21251 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Cupertino
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Roosevelt Community Center
901 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Saturday, September 24, 2011
Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center
Camino Verde & Santa Teresa Blvd., San Jose
9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Resource Fair activities include safe disposal of any unwanted medications, exchanging your old mercury thermometer, and getting a free, reusable shopping bag.
Other Activities:
Clean A Creek on September 17. From 9:00 AM to Noon, you can come with family and friends to help clean litter from a creek site near you. Visit or call (408) 265-2607 *2739 for more information.
Give your local waterway a check-up on September 18. It's World Water Monitoring Day. From 10:00 AM to Noon, you can join volunteers from around the world in monitoring local water bodies. Learn about water quality tests and try them on the Guadalupe River in two locations. Call (408) 945-3000 for more information or to RSVP your attendance at one of the two locations.

Alviso Marina County Park
1195 Hope Street, Alviso

Guadalupe River Park Conservancy
Visitor's Center
438 Coleman Ave, San Jose


Animal License Amnesty

The Animal Care & Services Division will be conducting a Animal License Amnestylicensing amnesty until October 31, 2011 whereby residents of the City of San Jose have the opportunity to license their dogs and cats without receiving citations, late fees, or penalities. The residents who purchase a new license, renew a license, or adopt a San Jose Animal Care Center dog or cat during September and October will be automatically entered into a lottery for a chance to win either a $1,000 grand prize or one of four $500 cash prizes donated by PAWS for SJACS (the shelter's non-profit support group). Tickets will also be made available without charge to all other participants upon request at the City of San Jose Animal Care Center.

For more information, please contact the San Jose Animal Care Center at (408) 794-7297.

Medication Drop Off Locations
Do you have old prescriptions or syringes and don't know where to dispose of these items? Santa Clara County has designated several safe and convenient disposal services with year-round access. Here are some locations in Council District 9:
Drop Off Locations for Sharps WasteExpired Medicine
Good Samaritan Hospital
2425 Samaritan Drive, San Jose
(408) 559-2011
Drop Off Locations for Used/Unused/Expired Medications
-Valley Health Center at Bascom Pharmacy
750 S. Bascom Avenue, Suite 120, San Jose
-Outpatient Pharmacy (located in the Valley Specialty Bldg)
751 S. Bascom Avenue, San Jose
For more information, please visit or call our office at (408) 535-4909.

Senior Net Learning Center
Are you 50 or older and want to utilize your computer to its fullest potential? Senior Net is the solution for you! This national non-profit membership organization is dedicated to building a community of computer-using seniors by offering computer courses. There are two Learning Centers to choose from: 

Alamden Senior Center
6445 Camden Avenue

Willow Glen Community Center
2175 Lincoln Avenue

Registration for Introductory and Intermediate levels: Saturday, October 1, 2011
First Class Begins: Wednesday, October 12, 2011
For more information, please visit or the Department of Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services at (408) 535-3570.

Skate Park Campaign for LCRSP
Parks FoundationLake Cunningham Regional Skate Park (LCRSP) will be forced to transition the Skate Park from a fee-based model to a free admission model after October 1. In response, the Save Our Skate Park community group has formed to raise funds in order to retain the current service delivery model.
If you would like more information or to become involved, please visit their webpage at or their Facebook page at sanjoseparksfoundation

Six Vacancies on the Mental Health Board
The Mental Health Board of the County of Santa Clara is comprised of members of the community at large, clients, and family members of clients of the mental health system. The board's mission and duties include: review and evaluation of the community's mental health needs, facilities and special problems; advise the Board of Supervisors and the County Mental Health Director as to any aspect of the County Mental Health Program; and submit an annual report to the Board of Supervisors on the needs and performance of the County's Mental Health System.
For more information, please contact Llolanda Ulloa with the Mental Health Department at (408) 793-5677 or email her at

San Jose Neighborhood Photo Contest
Photo ContestSan Jose is a City of vastly diverse communities and cultures. Content Magazine is featuring these communities and celebrating you, our local artists. You are invited to submit your original photographic image(s) that displays and/or reflects your neighborhood - your community. Whether your neighborhood is a place or a person, submit your best image(s), which will be judged by San Jose creative professionals, and then the winner will be published in Content Magazine, Issue 3.4 Nov./Dec. 2011.
Contest is open to South Bay resident photographers of 18 years and older of every skill level. Photo must not be previously published and must be suitable for publishing by Content Magazine. All submissions must be received by midnight on October 10, 2011.
Please send your images to:, along with your full name in title/file name. Limit 5 images per participant. For more information, please contact our office at (408) 535-4909.

Tax Scam Targets Elderly in the Asian Community
Elderly, low-income, and disabled members of the Asian community are being scammed into thinking they are eligible for a tax refund, says the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Residents in Fresno, Sacramento, Stockton, and the San Francisco Bay Area (including San Jose) have been conned regarding the "Making Work Pay" tax credit. The scheme seems to mostly target residents in Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian, and Hmong communities.
In 2009 and 2010, the IRS issued the "Making Work Pay" to eligible working individuals based on wages. Taxpayers could receive up to $400 per person over the course of a year. The credit is real; however, the victims were not employed during that time and therefore were not eligible for a refund.
If you feel that you have been a victim of the "Making Work Pay" tax scam, please contact the IRS toll-free number at 800-829-1040, visit a local IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center, or visit the IRS website.

Get Fit. Be Strong.
Long gone are the days when personal health was not a priority. We now live in a world where fitness is more than just muscles. Being healthy carries more "weight" than ever. It is GROUP Xproven that living a healthy lifestyle promotes a longer life, more smiles, and a greater sense of well being. With so many fitness options available to you, the ball is truly in your court. We would like to bring that court a little closer to you. The Camden Community Center is now offering Group X Fitness Classes, which are designed to give you unlimited access to all group exercise classes, drop-in gym, and the fitness room for one unbeatable price - just $29/month or $199/year. Become a member of our fitness program and start a new you today!

Cambrian Branch Library Book Sale
Don't miss the book sale at the Cambrian Branch Library on Saturday, October 1st from 10 AM to 4:00 PM, sponsored by the Friends of the Cambrian Library. The book sale features a very good selection of non-fiction, fiction, holiday, and fine quality for children and adults.Cambrian Book Sale
Most books are priced at either 50 cents or $1, VHS tapes for $1, CDs and audio books for $2, and DVDs for $3.
At 3:00 PM, books will be sold by the bag, which the library provides for $5. (Specialty-priced books and all media are not available at the bag sale.)
The book sale will be held in the Community Room at the Cambrian Library located at 1780 Hillsdale Avenue (between Meridian & Ross Avenue's) in San Jose. The Library will be closed that day, but follow the signs to the Community Room doors on Hillsdale.
All book sale proceeds benefit Branch Library programs and services.

San Jose Boards and Commission Vacancies 
Applications are being accepted for the City of San Jose Boards and Commissions for upcoming and future vacancies. The upcoming vacancies are as follows:
  • Advisory Commission on Rents (1 seat)
  • Disability Advisory Commission (1 seat)
  • Early Care and Education Commission (5 seats)
  • Historic Landmark Commission (2 seats)
  • Housing and Community Development Advisory Commission (2 seats)
    (Criterion: in some combination, fulfill low-income status and a District 5 resident)
  • Human Rights Commission (4 seats)
  • Parks and Recreation Commission (1 seat)
  • Small Business Development Commission (2 seats)
  • Traffic Appeals Commission (1 seat)
Qualifications: You must live in the City of San Jose and have a commitment to being active in the community.
Application Process: Applications will be accepted through 5:00 PM, Friday, September 30, 2011. Applications will remain active and on file for one year from the date received. For questions, please call the Office of the City Clerk at (408) 535-1260.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, 9/17
Walk for Our Local Youth
Alviso, CA
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Second Annual Day on the Bay: A Multicultural Festival
Alivso Marina County Park
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Sunday, 9/18
Mariachi Family Day
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose
180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA 95110
12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Favorite Poems Project - First Public Reading
Barnes & Noble
3600 Stevens Creek Blvd
San Jose, CA 95020
Starts at 1:00 PM

Tuesday, 9/20
Homebuyer Workshop
Rose Garden Library
1580 Naglee Ave
San Jose, CA 95126
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Wednesday, 9/21
Community Meeting to Address Prevention of Bullying
City Hall, Council Chambers
200 E. Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Willow Glen Neighborhood Association Meeting
featuring Dept. of Transportation Director Hans Larsen
Willow Glen High School
2000 Cottle Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Saturday, 9/24
Assemblymember Nora Campos' Foreclosure Prevention Workshop
Center for Employment Training (CET)
701 Vine Street
San Jose, CA 95110
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Wednesday, 9/28
Bullied: A Community Forum
City Hall, Wing Rooms 118-119
200 E. Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Erikson Neighborhood Association Meeting
Erikson School
4855 Pearl Avenue
San Jose, CA 95136
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Sunday, 10/2
Health and Safety Fair
First Congregational Church of San Jose (UCC)
1980 Hamilton Avenue
San Jose, CA
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Saturday, 10/8
Neighborhood Development Training Conference
San Jose State University, Clark Hall
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
(To RSVP, please contact Jaime Angulo at (408) 279-2600 *1290 or


Council Staff
Diana Jamison, Executive Assistant/Scheduler
Peter Hamilton, Senior Policy Aide
Ann Grabowski, Policy Aide
Marisa Melo, Policy Aide
Brady Ruebusch, Policy Aide

San Jose City Hall—District 9
200 E. Santa Clara St., 18th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113
P: (408) 535-4909
F: (408) 292-6471


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